I am Clinton “Chip” Wells, and I serve as Judge for the 312th Family District Court in Harris County. As a Democrat, I strongly believe in creating a family and civil court system that is fair and equitable to everyone, no matter their age, gender, race, political ideology, or sexual orientation. With 42 years of experience trying cases across the state to both judges and juries, I have gained the discernment as well as the compassion to apply the law fairly and equitably. I am proud to say that courtroom is known as a safe space where every citizen who enters is guaranteed to be heard and treated with respect.
What I Believe
As a father and grandfather, I understand that family comes first. Families are the bedrock of our society, and that’s why I chose to dedicate the bulk of my career to representing the interests of families across the great state of Texas. First as a lawyer and now as a judge, I have remained committed to preserving family relationships whenever and wherever possible. I always strive to act appropriately and compassionately to every family’s unique situation I preside over in the courtroom.
We are at our best when our communities are strong. For over 40 years, I have served this community by working for all who reside within it—regardless their gender, sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status, or political ideology. By putting our differences aside and learning to accept as well as appreciate one another as human, we create communities that are more open and inclusive. We are living in one of the greatest times in our history, and if we work together in a spirit of fairness and compassion, we can all rise together.
Our courts are the very foundation of what it means to be an American. As a judge, it is my great honor and responsibility to uphold the Pledge of Allegiance’s charge to ensure “liberty and justice for all”. I do not take this charge lightly. Every day I work diligently to apply the laws of the State of Texas in a way that is fair and equitable to anyone who enters the courtroom.
Good communication is one of the best assets a judge can have. We all know that emotions can run high in the courtroom at times, but good communication skills have always helped me keep things on track. I’ve spent four decades cultivating and refining my communication skills in the courtroom. From delivering and listening to arguments to reading and responding to various cues (i.e. body language, tone, pace), I understand that communication involves both what is said and what is not. As Judge, I have the ability to discern between the facts and the noise. And, whenever anyone enters the courtroom, I make a commitment to listen to them respectfully and then clearly communicate a judgment that is sound and fair.
With over 40 years of experience in Texas courtrooms as a lawyer and most recently as the 312th Family District Court Judge, I have the edge on any other candidate in this race. No one can claim to have the intimate knowledge of the court system, the longevity, or the community relationships and trust that I have built. No one. It is my experience as a certified civil law and family law mediator and the countless hours spent representing families both inside and outside of the courtroom as a lawyer that make me effective in my role as Judge. In fact, it is this powerful combination of my professional and personal experience that has given me the discernment necessary in the compassionate application of the law.